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The VICE CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF (V.C.N.S.) was a senior appointment in the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
usually a three-star rank and had a NATO ranking code of OF-8 that existed from 1941 to 1985 and was a member of the Admiralty
Naval Staff .


* 1 History * 2 Vice Chiefs of the Naval Staff * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Attribution * 6 Sources * 7 External links


In October 1941 the post of Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff was created when the Admiralty
abolished the title of Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff in line with changes that were also taking place within the army and air force. It was essentially the same role as the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff: the post holder initially was the operational head of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
and reported directly to the First Sea Lord .

In 1946 the office of the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff was revived and the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
from that point reported to the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff.

Following internal re-structuring within the Ministry of Defence the position of Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
was abolished in 1985.


Vice Chiefs of the Naval Staff included: Note: reports to the First Sea Lord from 1941 to 1946 then reports to the DCNS from 1947 until 1985


Vice Admiral Sir Henry Ruthven Moore

21 October 1941–7 June 1943

Vice Admiral Sir Edward Neville Syfret

8 June 1943-October 1945

Vice Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor

October 1945-October 1947

Vice Admiral Sir John Edelsten

October 1947-November 1949

Vice Admiral Sir George Creasy

November 1949-October 1951

Vice Admiral Sir Guy Grantham

October 1951-April 1954

Vice Admiral Sir William Davis

April 1954-May 1957

Vice Admiral Sir Caspar John

May 1957-February 1960

Vice Admiral Sir Walter Couchman

February- November 1960

Vice Admiral Sir Varyl Begg

January 1961-February 1963

Vice Admiral Sir John Frewen

February 1963-April 1965

Vice Admiral Sir John Bush

April 1965-August 1967

Vice Admiral Sir Peter Hill-Norton

August 1967-December 1968

Vice Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore

December 1968-January 1971

Vice Admiral Sir Terence Lewin

January 1971-October 1973

Vice Admiral Sir John Treacher

October 1973-April 1975

Vice Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo

April 1975-January 1978 Image Lygo as captain of HMS Juno 1968

Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Morton

January 1978-July 1980

Vice Admiral Sir William Staveley

July 1980-October 1982

Vice Admiral Sir Peter Stanford

October 1982-1985

Note: Post is abolished in 1985


* Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff * Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff * First Sea Lord * Second Sea Lord * Third Sea Lord * Fourth Sea Lord
Fourth Sea Lord
* Fifth Sea Lord


* ^ Friedman, Norman (2010). British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After. Barnsley: Seaforth Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 9781848320789 . * ^ Callo, Joseph F.; Wilson, Alastair (2004). Who\'s Who in Naval History: From 1550 to the present. Routledge. p. 13. ISBN 9781134395392 . * ^ A B C D E F G H Mackie, Colin. " Royal Navy
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- Senior Appointments" (PDF). gulabin.com. Gulabin, p.14 2010-2014. Retrieved 23 November 2016. * ^ Axelrod, Alan (2007). Encyclopedia of World War II 2-Volume Set. New York: Infobase Pub. p. 402. ISBN 9780816060221 . * ^ Alexiades, Platon (2015). Target Corinth Canal: 1940-1944. Pen and Sword. p. 88. ISBN 9781473827561 . * ^ Stewart, William (2009). Admirals of the world : a biographical dictionary, 1500 to the present. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. p. 270. ISBN 9780786438099 . * ^ Rose, editor, Susan (2008). The naval miscellany. Aldershot: Ashgate. p. 8. ISBN 9780754664314 . CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link ) * ^ Office, H.M. Stationary (1950). The British Imperial Calendar and Civil Service List ... Or: General Register of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Its Colonies. Warrington & Company. p. 84. * ^ Heathcote, T. A. (2002). British Admirals of the Fleet: 1734-1995. Pen and Sword. p. 56. ISBN 9781473812703 . * ^ Dod, Charles Roger; Dod, Robert Phipps (12 October 2007). Dod's Parliamentary Companion, Parts 1-2. Dod's Parliamentary Companion Ltd., 1967, Original University of Michigan. p. 534. * ^ Kennedy, Greg (2007). Imperial Defence: The Old World Order, 1856–1956. Routledge. p. 151. ISBN 9781134252466 . * ^ Stewart, William (Sep 28, 2009). Admirals of the World: A Biographical Dictionary, 1500 to the Present. McFarland. p. 182. ISBN 9780786482887 . * ^ Cook, Chris (2012). The Routledge Guide to British Political Archives: Sources since 1945. Routledge. p. 16. ISBN 9781136509612 . * ^ "Admiral Sir John Bush: Naval officer who saw distinguished action in". The Independent. The Independent, 10 July, 2013. 10 July 2013. * ^ Roberts, John (2009). Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy. Barnsley: Seaforth Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 9781848320437 . * ^ Adeney, Martin (5 April 2012). "Sir Raymond Lygo obituary". The Guardian. The Guardian, 5 April, 2012. * ^ "The Naval Review" (PDF). naval-review.com. Naval Review Society, Vol 79, No.3, p.187, July 1991.


Primary source for this article is by Harley Simon, Lovell Tony, (2017), Vice Chief of Naval Staff, dreadnoughtproject.org, http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org.


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